Getting back into full-time work will provide the financial pillow I need to give my family a more settled life. I’m a single dad to my twins and over the last year, it’s been a really difficult time for us.
From 2013, for about 5 years, I was living with my partner and children in the Midlands. There, we were renting our own home. But things started to go downhill. My partner became an alcoholic and turned abusive to the children and me. I decided we needed to start a new life and stop the fighting so I left and moved to London. I had a friend who let us stay in his house while he travelled for work. When he returned, there wasn’t enough room for all of us to stay there.
I was trying so hard to get a private rented place, but it was really hard to find somewhere to rent in London when you’re on benefits and have two children. I tried to carry on working but childcare also became a big issue. My children hadn’t started school yet and I had to pay a lot extra for childcare so I could be at work. In the end, I ended up spending more than I was earning and had nothing left to get our own accommodation. I went to the council for support and they provided us with emergency accommodation.
When I first came to the UK, I was doing forklift driving so that’s why I want to continue in driving machinery. I know there are a lot of jobs in construction, which will allow me to earn good money. I want to work normal business hours and avoid working evenings and weekends so I can organise structured childcare for my twins and still have quality time with them.
We’ve moved once already so I now I just want to make sure our location stays stable as the children are happy and settled in a good school. I’m just very happy to be able to do this course and have the opportunity to get a good, permanent work again.